At long last! Photos of the family room slash play room Cooper also felt like posing. I didn't feel like decluttering much.
This is the view from the dining room:
You can see that the previous owners put hardwood floors leading from the backdoor to the dining room and carpeted the rest of the room. It's okay--I don't hate carpet, although the color is kinda weird. It's like a greenish blueish color and it's not heinous but it's not awesome. We're thinking that we may decide to extend the hardwoods eventually, so we're not looking into replacing the carpet yet. It is nice, thick, high quality carpet--because when you're buying your carpet in a weird shade of turquoise, you evidently only buy the best!
Speaking of buying the best, here's our sofa:
We purchased it on Craigslist. From a very nice single girl who decided it was too big for her condo after barely using it. It's super comfortable and the price was such that I'm not worried about dogs or toddlers climbing all over it.
Vintage side table came from my grandparents.
The brown recliner is the same one we had at the old house, purchased in preparation for baby and lived in by me during the summer of 2012. Behind the recliner is David's bobble head curio cabinet and his collection of autographed baseballs and an adorable picture of Zuzu holding a baseball.
View of the TV. That's the buffet-turned-TV-console that was also a Craigslist find. The miniature recliner is still a Zuzu-favorite. And the buffet cabinets also hold more Zuzu toys. The play table in front was a freebie hand-me-down from our neighbors across the street. Zuzu loves it. Because it's ugly and makes a lot of noise. Of course she loves it!
Closure view of the curio cabinet and--surprise--Downey the Rocking Duck! (Birthday gift from Grammy and Gramps).
As you can see, I have a few bags. The storage baskets seemed like a great idea in theory, but Zuzu loves dragging them out and unpacking them, which is somewhat aggravating because playing with shoes is gross. I want to get a shelf to go above the hooks. I also kind of want to paint the metal door with fake wood grain. But what color? I was actually thinking black (I don't want to draw attention to it, but I do not love the fake wood grain). It's not a pressing project, though, so I'll ponder that later.
Picture of the gallery wall:
I actually like the paint color in this room. It's Restoration Hardware paint (according to the bucket in the basement) which I didn't even realize they made. I wanted to make the gallery asymmetrical, but David couldn't handle it. So we ended up with this. (For now. Bwahahaha)
Remember when we had two dogs and our baby looked like this?
(Speaking of Little Batshit Crazy, she continues to do well at my parents' house and does not appear to miss us or Cooper in the slightest. In fact, every time we visit, she has an "accident." Which is just about the most literal communication of "Piss off!" that I've ever seen. I still love her though. Perhaps even more since I can love her from a distance.)
Anyway, after we left Nipper's cousin, I started thinking about some of my favorite dog names. David's great-aunt Betty has a crazed pug named Gator, which is so fitting. One of my friends in grade school had a dachshund named Heidi, which was a very fitting German name. David's grandparents' friends have a very smart sheltie named Abe, which is perfect for his long and serious face. And when we used to go to the dog park (before Cooper embarrassed us one-too-many-times and we revoked his membership for being an a-hole), Coop used to socialize with an American bulldog named Dude. Dude was not well-behaved either, and had a habit of aggressively showing his affection for his friends by humping them. So his owner (an overgrown frat guy, as you might imagine) was always yelling, "Dude! Quit humping him! C'mon, Dude! Cut it out!" Ah, good times at the dog park.
I'm not sure how the post about the family room turned into a post about dog names, but I'd love to know the best dog names you've heard. I'm kind of dreaming about the day Cooper gets another sibling. Of the four-legged variety, obvy.